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  • SarahBelle Selig

    SarahBelle Selig is a freelance writer living in Cape Town and a first-year in the MFA in creative writing program at University of Cape Town. She freelances for Catalyst Press, an independent publisher out of California, and is the publicity writer for the South African Bone Marrow Registry.

  • Inela Selimović

    Inela Selimović holds a PhD in Latin American literature and teaches at Wellesley College. This piece was largely inspired by her students at the Albright Institute in January 2014, who asked insightful questions about the power that aesthetic representations might have in war and postwar settings.

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    Zsuzsa Selyem

    Zsuzsa Selyem is a novelist, poet, translator, and associate professor in the Department of Hungarian Literature, Babes-Bolyai University Cluj, Romania. Her 2006 novel 9 kiló (Történet a 119. zsoltárra) (9 Kilos [Story on Psalm 119]) represented Hungary at the 2007 European First Novel Festival. In addition, she has published two volumes of short stories and five volumes of essays.

  • Sudeep Sen

    Sudeep Sen’s prizewinning books include Postmarked India: New & Selected Poems (HarperCollins), Rain, Aria (A. K. Ramanujan Translation Award), The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry (editor), and EroText (Vintage: Penguin Random House). Blue Nude: Anthropocene, Ekphrasis, New Poems (Jorge Zalamea International Poetry Prize) is forthcoming. Sen’s works have been translated into over twenty-five languages. His words have appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, Newsweek, Guardian, Observer, Independent, Telegraph, Financial Times, Herald, Poetry Review, Literary Review, Harvard Review, among others, and broadcast on media channels worldwide. Sen is the first Asian honored to speak and read at the Nobel Laureate Festival. The government of India awarded him the senior fellowship for “outstanding persons in the field of culture/literature.”

  • Elizabeth Joy Serrano-Quijano

    Elizabeth Joy Serrano-Quijano has short fiction recently appearing in the journal Banwa and Words Without Borders’ special issue on writing from the Philippines. 

  • Clemens Setz

    Clemens Setz (b. 1982, Graz) is an Austrian poet, novelist, playwright, and translator. He is the author of the novels Söhne und Planeten (2007; Sons and planets) and Die Frequenzen (2009; Frequencies). His play Mauerschau (View from the walls) premiered in Vienna’s Schauspielhaus. He was awarded the Ernst-Willner-Preis (2008), the Bremer Literaturpreis (2010), and the Outstanding Artist Award (2010). His novel Die Frequenzen was shortlisted for the German Book Prize in 2009 (see Ross Benjamin’s review on page 65 of the print edition). In his recent interview with Peter Constantine, Setz discusses the in-betweenness of writing both poetry and fiction.

  • Bewketu Seyoum

    Bewketu Seyoum is from Gojjam, Ethiopia, southwest of Addis Ababa. He studied psychology at Addis Ababa University and published his first collection of poems, Nwari Alba Gojowoch (Unmanned houses), in 2000, a year after graduating. He has published two further verse collections and two novels. His poetry has appeared in Modern Poetry in Translation and Callaloo. In 2008 he received the best young writer award of Ethiopia from the president. In 2011 he was attacked and badly beaten by a church deacon for writing a “blasphemous” article (“A Saint with No Legs,” His story “Waiting” and two poems appear in WLT’s September 2012 print edition.

  • Mona Nicole Sfeir

    Mona Nicole Sfeir was born in New York City and grew up in five countries. She is both a poet and a visual artist and recently created an installation of fifty panels for the Los Angeles Immigration Law Center. The three poems are part of a manuscript, The Alphabet of Empire, that draws from the US DOD military dictionary and a dictionary from 1898.

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    Elif Shafak

    Elif Shafak is Turkey’s most-read woman writer and an award-winning novelist. She has published thirteen books, including nine novels and a nonfiction memoir, Black Milk. Her latest novel, The Architect’s Apprentice, was published by Penguin UK in November 2014. Her books have been translated into more than forty languages. Shafak is also active on social media (@Elif_Safak), with more than 1.6 million followers.

  • Arif Shah

    Arif Shah was born in Faisalabad pre-Partition. He is a Punjabi poet with a published volume of poetry. His poetry regularly appears in left-leaning political magazines, and he is often found reciting his poetry at political rallies.

  • Vera Shamina

    Vera Shamina is a full-time professor in the Department of World Literature at Kazan Federal University. She is a lecturer in English and American studies and the author of three monographs and over one hundred essays on different aspects of anglophone literature and drama.

  • Fatemeh Shams

    Fatemeh Shams’s third collection, When They Broke Down the Door, translated by Dick Davis, received the 2016 Latifeh Yarshater Award. She was recognized as one of the leading voices of exile when she won the Jaleh Esfahani poetry prize for the best young Iranian poet in 2012.

  • S. Shankar

    S. Shankar is a novelist, scholar, and translator. His third novel, Ghost in the Tamarind, set against the background of the anticaste movement in South India during the twentieth century, was published in 2017. The award-winning critical book Flesh and Fish Blood: Postcolonialism, Translation, and the Vernacular was published in 2012. Shankar is the editor of Caste and Life Narratives (2017). He teaches English at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa and blogs at his website,

  • Robert Shapard

    Robert Shapard is editor, with James Thomas and Christopher Merrill, of an anthology of very short fiction forthcoming from W. W. Norton, Flash Fiction International. Another recent world anthology is Sudden Fiction Latino, very short fictions from Latin America and the United States, which he edited with James Thomas and Ray Gonzalez in 2010. He lives in Austin, Texas.

  • Shahilla Shariff

    Shahilla Shariff’s first poetry collection, Life Lines, was published in 2012 by Proverse Hong Kong. Her work has been featured in various anthologies and journals (see WLT, January 2017, 38). Born in Kenya, she is Canadian and lives in Hong Kong.

  • Rajesh Sharma

    Rajesh Sharma has recently translated, with Alpna Saini, a selection of Harbhajan Singh Hundal’s poems from the original Punjabi. His writings have appeared in Film-Philosophy, Brevity, Intersections, Tangentium, Chandrabhaga, Economic and Political Weekly, Mainstream, The Book Review, Hard News, Dialog, Indraprastha, and JNUJournal of the School of Languages. He is co-editor of South Asian Ensemble: A Canadian Quarterly of Literature, Arts and Culture. His forthcoming book, Indisciplines: Notes on Politics, Culture and Education, is being published by Three Essays Collective.

  • Susan Shaughnessy

    Susan Shaughnessy is Associate Professor of Acting & Directing and Inter­national Programs Coordinator for the OU School of Drama. She holds an MFA in direct­ing from the University of New Orleans and has directed over a hundred productions nationally and internationally. Her recent credits at the University of Oklahoma include Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen and Dacia Maraini’s Mary Stuart, which was also performed at the Festival delle Due Rocche in Arona, Italy, in September 2011. Professor Shaughnessy is an associate member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

  • Ksenia Shcherbino

    Ksenia Shcherbino's poetry and prose have been published in the journalsBabylon, Znamia, Novyi mir, Vozdukh, and other venues. She studied translation at the Moscow State Linguistic University and received her MA from the Institute of European Policy in Paris. She is currently completing an MA in Victorian studies at Westminster University, London. Shcherbino has translated several books on cultural studies and is also a visual artist who has had several solo exhibitions in Paris and Moscow.

  • Renee H. Shea

    Renee H. Shea, formerly professor of English and modern languages at Bowie State University in Maryland, has published extensively on contemporary authors, including Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Monique Truong, Naomi Shihab Nye, Rita Dove, Tracy K. Smith, Arundhati Roy, and Nathalie Handal. An English language arts consultant to public school districts, she currently writes textbooks for Bedford, Freeman & Worth. She recently coauthored American Literature and Rhetoric, which will publish in January 2021.

  • Peter Sheehy

    Peter Sheehy is a publishing industry misfit, a New York local and San Francisco expat who waves to cats across streets. His short fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train, Catamaran Literary Reader, Chicago Quarterly Review, and elsewhere, and is forthcoming in the Florida Review.

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    Matthew Shenoda

    Matthew Shenoda is the author and editor of several poetry collections and a founding editor of the African Poetry Book Fund. He is currently associate provost for social equity and inclusion as well as professor of literary arts at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).

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    Frank Sherlock

    Frank Sherlock approaches the work of poet as conduit and the writing process as collaborations of encounter. He is a founder of PACE (Poet Activist Community Extension), which enacts roving guerrilla readings/performances in public spaces. Poems beyond the page have found their forms in installations/performances/exhibitions, including Refuse/Reuse: Language for the Common Landfill, Kensington Riots Project, Neighbor Ballads, and B. Franklin Basement Tapes. He is the author of Space Between These Lines Not Dedicated (Ixnay Press, 2014), The City Real & Imagined (w/ CA Conrad), Over Here (2009), and Ready-to-Eat Individual (w/ Brett Evans, 2008). He is a 2013 Pew Fellow in the Arts for Literature and the second Poet Laureate of Philadelphia.

  • Mahtem Shiferraw

    Mahtem Shiferraw won the 2016 Sillerman Prize for African Poets. Her collection Fuchsia was published by the University of Nebraska Press. She is the founder of Anaphora Literary Arts, a nonprofit organization working to advance the works of writers and artists of color, co-founder of the Ethiopian Artist Collective, and executive editor of black lioness press.

  • Leslie Shimotakahara

    Leslie Shimotakahara’s memoir, The Reading List, won the Canada-Japan Literary Prize. Her second novel, Red Oblivion, was recently published by Dundurn Press.

  • Mikhail Shishkin

    Mikhail Shishkin is one of the most prominent names in contemporary Russian literature. The author of two widely acclaimed novels, Shishkin is admired as a refined stylist whose fiction engages Russian and European literary traditions and forges an equally expansive vision for the future of literature. Born in Moscow in 1961, Shishkin has worked as a teacher and journalist. His novels have earned him the three most prestigious Russian literary awards: the Russian Booker Prize in 2000, the National Bestseller Prize in 2005, and the Bolshaya Kniga (Big Book) Prize in 2006. His works have been translated into eleven languages.

  • Shizue Ogawa

    Shizue Ogawa grew up in Memuro, a village near Obihiro in southeast Hokkaido. She writes in both Japanese and English, and her first published work appeared in Over the Oceans: 14 Bilingual Poems by 14 PoetsWater: A Soul at Play is her first book of free verse. Shizue's website is

  • David Shook

    Poet David Shook’s most recent book-length translations include Jorge Eduardo Eielson’s Room in Rome, a finalist for the PEN Award and National Translation Award. Their forthcoming books include a new translation of Mario Bellatin’s Beauty Salon and a collection of Spanish-language poetry, Atlas estelar.

  • Heather J. Shotton

    Heather J. Shotton is a citizen of the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes and is also a Cheyenne and Kiowa descendant. She is an associate professor of Native American Studies at the University of Oklahoma. She served as co-editor for the recently released books Reclaiming Indigenous Research in Higher Education (Rutgers University Press) and Beyond Access: Indigenizing Programs for Native American Student Success (Stylus Publishing).

  • Kim Shuck

    Kim Shuck is a poet and bead artist. She is the oldest daughter of Tsalagi and Goral families. Her poems can be found in packets of coffee, many literature periodicals, both online and paper, and in the pockets and notebooks of students. Her most recent book is Clouds Running In.

  • Alda Sigmundsdóttir

    Alda Sigmundsdóttir is a writer, translator, journalist, and blogger. She is the author of several books about Iceland, including Unraveled: A Novel about a Meltdown and The Little Book of the Icelanders in the Old Days. Raised in Canada and having lived in both the UK and Germany, she is now based in Reykjavík. 

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